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Date:9/17/2008

ld's Teeth During Sports

-- Require your child to wear a mouthguard whenever he or she is in an activity with a risk of falls or of head contact with other players or equipment. Research shows that most oral injuries occur when athletes are not wearing mouth protection.

-- Mouthguards protect the teeth, as well as the lips, cheeks, and tongue. They help protect children from such head and neck injuries as concussions and jaw fractures.

Assistance for Parents Struggling to Pay for their Child's Dental Care

-- Delta Dental's Smart Smiles(R) is an innovative partnership between Delta Dental of Virginia and the Virginia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs to provide dental care to Boys & Girls Clubs members who do not have dental insurance or who qualify for Medicaid/FAMIS/Smiles for Children. For additional information, call your local Boys & Girls Clubs or Tina Bailey, Executive Director of Smart Smiles(R) at (804) 359-5250, Ext 225 or visit http://www.smartsmiles.org.

-- Delta Dental's Teeth on the Go 2.0(SM) is a dental health education program geared to students Pre-K-2 and Grades 3-6. It is available free of charge and on loan to nurse coordinators and teachers at ALL Virginia elementary schools. For more information, visit http://www.deltadentalva.com or contact the Teeth on the Go coordinator at (800) 572-3044, Ext 3133.

-- Smiles for Children is a program in Virginia for children who qualify for Medicaid, FAMIS or FAMIS Plus. For more information call, 1-888-912-3456 to speak with a Smiles for Children representative.

-- Many local health departments or community health centers offer a dental component for either a reduced or a sliding scale fee. Contact your local center for more information.

About Delta Dental of Virginia

Delta Dental of Virginia, headquartered in Roanoke, was created in 1964
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